UNESCO has designated eleven of Australia’s convict sites with World Heritage listings and a popular way to see as much of the state’s fascinating history as possible is to take a convict tour.
The Convict History of Tasmania tours have been developed by Hobart-based company Premier Travel and include accommodation in quality heritage properties.
There are two options, a seven-night journey and a four-night tour, with both covering all five of Tasmania’s world heritage listed convict sites.
A dedicated history tour guide takes the longer tour from Hobart and offers participants an experience of Tasmania’s highlights as well as the convict history.
This takes in the Female Factory, the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines on the Tasman Peninsula, the beautiful wildlife haven of Maria Island and the Darlington Probation Centre.
It also includes visits to Lake St Clair, the Sarah Island Penal Site, a cruise on the Gordon River, a visit to the west coast rainforest town of Strahan and finally the historic homesteads of Brickendon and Woolmers near Launceston.
The shorter trip focuses just on the five World Heritage Listed convict sites.
The tour price also includes breakfast, lunch, some or all dinners, comfortable transport, airport transfers, national park passes and entry to all attractions, as well as the services of the history tour manager.